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with the nation's troops caught in the middle. defense secretary leon panetta is sounding a dire warning about limiting military pay increases which effectively decreases troop's salaries. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr's got the details. barbara, what's going on? >> you know, wolf, here in washington, nothing can be more sensitive than pay for america's armed forces, but the troops are looking at being caught right in the middle of it all. >> thank you, sir. >> reporter: the troops usually are happy to see defense secretary panetta, smiles and handshakes all around. but days before he leaves office, panetta has bad news. he's proposing less money in their paycheck next year. panetta, a savvy washington operative in budget politics, is leaving it to congress to figure out how not to cut pay and keep thousands of defense employees on the job. >> we will furlough as many as 800,000 dod civilians around the country for up to 22 days. they could face a 20% cut in their salary. don't think that's going to impact on our economy? >> reporter: the recommendation to slow the military pay rais
on the senate side that leon panetta and general dempsey both said that he and hillary clinton had argued last season for arming the rebels in syria. more than 60,000 people have died, but that others on the foreign policy team pushed back, and the president made a decision not to. >> yeah. let me just say on this one i may be inclined toward the president. i'm not certain who those -- who would get those weapons. i don't want to fwet into too much detail. i'm also on the intelligence committee, but i'm -- i am not certain that those weapons wouldn't fall into the wrong hands, and that's a real problem we've had in syria. maybe more should be done earlier on to get better control of the rebels, but now to me there's too many unsavory pro-islamist elements among those rebels, so i am not certain that they should be given weapons. that's a tough call, and i'm not close enough to it on the ground, but from what i do know, i'm very leary about giving any weapons because they could end up in the hands of islamists. >> congressman peter king, it's great to have your perspective, and thank you and go
leon panetta and general martin dempsey chair of the joint chiefs said they made that recommendation to president obama. panetta told a senate hearing that, in the end, the president decided against sending in arms. instead, the u.s. has provided only humanitarian aid to the rebels. secretary panetta also defended the military's response to the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. the assault killed ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. panetta testified there'd been no specific warning of an imminent attack, so u.s. forces were too far away to respond. >> the united states military, as i've said, is not and frankly should not be a 911 service capable of arriving on the scene within minutes to every possible contingency around the world. the u.s. military has neither the resources nor the responsibility to have a firehouse next to every u.s. facility in the world. >> sreenivasan: republican senator john mccain of arizona argued the military could have deployed in time, if it had heeded warnings coming from the consulate and ambassador stevens. a 21-year-old
the legal authority for the interrogations and they also point to the recent comments by secretary panetta that leads for the bin laden raid came from those cia detainees, shep. >> shepard: catherine herridge in washington. catherine, thank you. >> you are welcome. >> the defense secretary leon panetta was also on capitol hill today talking about the attack on the u.s. outpost in benghazi. he told a senate committee there was not enough time for the military to respond to the rampage that killed the u.s. ambassador chris stevens. foreign service officer sean smith and two former navy seals. tyrone woods and glen daughtery. one republican pointed out commanders didn't know how long the attack would last. >> was any airplane launched anywhere in the world to help these people? >> well, we ultimately did launch 130s to go in and rescue the people. >> when were they launched? >> they were launched in the period of time when the team went in there and when we concluded, the attack was concluded. we said we have got to get the people out of there. >> senator john mccain asked secretary panetta a
, leon panetta. yesterday was supposed to be his last day on the job. he says he's looking forward to coming back to monterey to take care of his ranch. >> yeah. >>> a lot of people are off. they don't have to work like you and i. it's presidents day. you are still watching the commute. >> that's right. i'm gonna be here on monday, too. >> i know you will be here, too. it will be the same even better on monday. some people don't have to go to work. some people will. we're looking at the commute on some of the major freeways. there are people out there, westbound on 80 as you drive out to the macarthur maze. no major problems. but it's not as busy as it normally is. looking at the bay bridge toll plaza, that's lighter. there is a little bit of a delay. we don't even bother with the traffic time. 101 northbound at 37 they are clearing a crash there with a little bit of slow traffic, southbound 101 in that area. 7:08. let's go to steve. >>> mostly clear skies. there's just a few little hints of some fog. it will get chewed up fast. cool to cold lows, he really mild. there's some locat
and to the happy grand parents. >>> secretary of defense leon panetta is still on the job, attending ceremonies and waiting for members to confirm his successor chuck hagel. >> the second best valvalentine day present would be allow us to get out of town. >> president obama went to georgia to promote his education agenda and spent some quality time with preschoolers. he was also thinking about valentine's day. >> i can't imagine a more romantic way to spend valentine's day. actually, michelle says hello. she made me promise that i would get back in time for our date tonight. that's important. that's important. i will got a gift. got the flowers. the flowers are a little easier because i got this rose garden. >> even with the children in georgia, the president still had washington grid lock on his mind. >> and that whole plane, with others, a trade that we could use more in washington. maybe we need -- maybe we need to bring the teachers up. you know? every once in a while have some quiet time. time-out. >> that's your morning dish of scrambled politics. >>> here's your weather with bill karins.
ahead. >>steve: outgoing secretary of defense leon panetta tries to explain once again why there was no help in benghazi, libya. >> you can't just willy-nilly send f-16's there and blow the hell out of a place without knowing what's taking place. >>steve: is that enough for the families of the four dead americans? we're going to talk about this shortly. >>brian: what about buzzing them over the unrest. that would have cleared it out. i'll never be this good at basketball. [music] >>brian: the amazing two-year-old who never misses a shot is here live at this hour to never miss a shot for you. "fox & friends" starts now. >>gretchen: good morning. we begin with a fox news alert. a manhunt still underway for a former police officer turned suspected officers. as many as 10,000 officers scouring many states. live outside the lapd headquarters with what we have learned overnight. >> christopher dorner is a cop with a vendetta. he is well armed, well trained. few believe he will be taken alive. this is l.a. headquarters, it is very well guarded. there are snipers on the road becaus
. >> democrats on their talking point list, as leon panetta won't be manning the ship and the country will be without a defense secretary. that's not true. >> no, that isn't true. the white house pulled back on that. maybe they were going to do that but that wasn't a good idea. he's not happy about it. leon panetta, who thought he would get on plane the end of this week and fly back to the monterey peninsula in california, instead will stay on the job and go overseas to a secretary defense minister meeting in europe. so another week on the job. he compared it to groundhog day. >> chris, would you stick with me for breaking news? i want to get your perspective. we're looking now -- i think you can see it there at our d.c. bureau, that's where the president will make remarks at hyde park academy. he's expected to talk about gun violence and push hard on his initiatives for tougher legislation on guns. chicago is an interesting place to do that. it's got some of the toughest gun laws in the country, yet the murder rate and viciousness in terms of violent crime leads the nation in some ca
for a leon panetta. obama and gener martin dempsey will host the .eremony he served as defense secretary since june 2011. president obama has nominated to succeed him. president obama's second term getting started, but he is looking forward to the midterm elections. the president plans to hold at least 14 fund-raisers for year.ates this republicans accused him of being interested in campaigning and governing. york woman is free on bail after visiting a son jail. her in a passed oxycotin pills to her after french kissing him visit.the police of not said how the drugs were discovered. >> 5:50 this morning. >> moving on to the weather. icy and snowy depending on you live it. we are running the whole gamut of this morning. it does not have to go further than 20 miles to the west where seeing the winter mix. 34 your degree -- 34 your at reagan national. the postal system is in the station right now. 34 in gaithersburg. snow in frederick at 32 degrees. super doppler showing rain across parts of eastern maryland. just of the liquid a variety. of the beltway and head montgomery county thatrince
secretary defense panetta who said, look, this is not a game. this is reality. he said there's going to be furloughs at the pentagon, the pay increases for the troops will not be as large as he would like, and then the president today added on to them, said, look, this is going to affect seniors, food safety, the poor. so what they are setting themselves up for is really this argument they are set to have and i think we're going to hear from the state of the union, over these automatic spending cuts that are due to take effect. the president is saying, we cannot let this occur and he's ready to clearly have that fight with republicans on this. >> panetta leaving office with an extraordinary acknowledgement that the defense department, the cia, state department, all of them recommended to the president that the u.s. should start arming, directly arming syrian rebels but the president decided that was not necessarily a good idea. that's pretty extraordinary. >> it was extraordinary. he was asked about it at a congressional hearing. what is interesting to me is someone who covers washin
secretary were on capitol hill outlining the danger. >> secretary panetta and i have been using the word devastating for 16 months now. i testified last august to the consequences of sequestration if it was to occur. now, the wolf is at the door. >> i begin my career in a hollow army, i do not want to end my career in a hollow army. >> this would be the steepest, biggest reduction in total obligated go authority for the defense department in history at a time that is more dangerous than it's ever been. >> the navy had to cancel the deployment to the u.s.s. truman. army chief warned they would have to curtail training 80% of the ground forces. 3,000 small businesses will lose army contracts and could face bankruptcy they warned if sequester is not stopped. >> shep: on another subject, the president tonight at the state of the union expected to fill out the details of a dramatic troop drawdown in afghanistan? >> he is expected tonight to announce that 34,000 u.s. troops will be home at this time next year from afghanistan. that is about half of the force that is currently serving in afghan
that the profit united states never called you secretary panetta, and said how's it going? >> republican senator lindsey graham is with us is this morning and he is prepared to take gnaw steps unless he gets some answers. controversyover the president's nominees to run the pentagon and the c.i.a. new reportes of computer hacking, and the threat of cyber attacks. we'll also hear from mike rogers. senator jack reed of the armed services committee. former democratic congresswoman jane harman, now with the woodrow wilson center. james lewis of the center for strategic and international studies. and our own justice department correspondent bob orr.
. >>> outgoing defense secretary leon panetta revealed for the first time that there was a plan in place to support rebels in syria. but that plan was vetoed by president obama because of worries that the weapons might fall into the wrong hands. more than 60,000 people have died in syria's civil war. >> by the way, i was just going to add to that civil war. it's cost that country the equivalent of $48 billion. when you think about a war, our war obviously has cost us trillions of dollars. but a country that has no money, and they're relying on us for help, $48 billion is a lot of money. >> and the u.s. has given syria about $210 million in aid to help those insurgents along. but this issue of whether we arm them is one. after two wars and libya, maybe the country was not ready to get involved in another country. but we put these arms in syria, how do we know they're not going to get in the hands of terrorists? and on the other side, the opposition groups look at the u.s. and say where are you guys? that makes them bitter towards us and more likely to link hands with those same terrorists
panetta will still be the defense secretary, at least for a few more days. republicans in the senate have blocked a vote on chuck hagel's nomination. and since congress is in recess for the president's day holiday, the next time the nomination can be taken up is a week from monday. president obama accused republicans of simply playing politics, charges they deny. >>> also one more political note. the oldest lawmaker in the senate has announced he will not run again. new jersey's frank lautenberg turned 89 last month. the last world war ii veteran serving in the senate. he faced a likely challenge from the my your of newark, new jersey, cory booker. the senator has been a staunch advocate of gun control and a big champion of the amtrak rail system. >>> another lawmaker in the news. congressman steve cohen says the young woman he was tweeting with during today's state of the union address was his secret daughter. he said he only discovered her existence three years ago after receiving a tweet from her. he said he was overwhelmed with joy that she actually wanted him in his life. initially,
to such a conclusion. i am a great admirer of secretary panetta. the great national security background. as you may remember, he was chairman of the budget committee in the house. he has a better handle on those issues than any other person. he is beside himself. he says shame on the congress. shame on all of us. there is absolutely no future and no particular -- and no future for defense contractors, waiting to see if we are going to go over another cliff. it is insane. in case you missed it, there was a favorability rating among or so ago. --a moth or so ago. did you know the, favorability of congress was the one below a colonoscopy? we deserve it. having said that, please have the president called us over to the white house, and sit down and try to solve this. can't we come to the white house and sit down and ellis' try that? what do we need to do? what do you want, and what do we want, and what is necessary? general them seem mentioned this morning in a hearing. we just cancel deployment of an aircraft carrier going to the middle east. the and know what the sailors do? they have canceled the le
and decisions have been given to panetta and to dempsey and-- >> fact remains, marjorie. two navy seals were killed in the final hours of this, eight hours into it. i don't think there's much sol list to their families there was a little bit of a break down and sorry, but they'll try to figure out a way from happening again. >> agreed. you have to look at the greater picture of what we're dealing with even in the dod and intelligence community, the demands put on our resources and amount of money it takes to have available resources at all the embassies and all the locations that they were seeing threats those days, something we have to look at. >> martha: i understand that, but there were. >> martha. >> martha: there were people ready to go. lars, the last thought, i'm sorry to cut you off. >> this is absurd. senator rand paul pointed out that the other embassies spent money on things, electric car charging stations and goodies and nice things while we're ignore basic security in a country at war, where our people are in harm's way? this is absurd. the fact that, you know, as senator mccain
leon panetta. he will remain on the job for defense secretary a little while longer. senate republicans have there aed a vote on chuck hagel to replace him for another ten days, using an unprecedented filibuster. unprecedented for defense nominee. president obama says they are putting politics ahead of national security. >> i'm still presiding over a war in afghanistan and need a secretary of defense who is coordinating with allies to make sure our troops are getting the kind of strategy and mission they deserve. >> mean tooil, the president returns home to chicago today for the last in a series of campaign style events. this week they are focused for plans on the economy and education that he outlined in the state of the union address. gun violence also on the agenda when the president speaks to a chicago high school. dan lothian live at the white house with a preview. homecoming of sorts, dan. >> the president will be speaking at hyde park academy, and as you pointed out, the main focus will be the economy. but the president will be talking about gun violence in a city that last year
. >> closely to intervening in civil war, leon panetta has revealed that he and former secretary of state hillary clinton wanted to arm the rebels trying to topple the syrian president. but the white house said no. >>> an suv through a front window, quick reaction, jumping over the bar. neither he nor the driver were seriously hurt. >>> finally a guy who's literally living on the edge. take a look at this skateboarder, it's a viral video, thanks to a wild and high-speed ride downhill. but, well the skateboarder in question in trouble this morning. police are looking in fact to arrest him because speed cameras set up on that street caught him at 68 miles per hour. >> whoo! >> please don't try that at home. >> thanks, josh. >>> now, to an abc news exclusive this morning. we have the first new video of 5-year-old ethan since that little boy was rescued after spending nearly a week held hostage in that underground bunker in alabama. s.w.a.t. teams got ethan out just in time to celebrate his birthday. and abc's david muir is just back from alabama with the first images of ethan. david, good mo
of defense, leon panetta, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, marty dempsey, army secretary john mccue and army chief of staff general. we are especially honored to be joined by clint's 4th infantry division, iron horse soldiers, and members of the medal of honor society who today welcome you into their ranks. now, despite all of this, you may have a sense that clint is a pretty humble guy. just spent time together in the oval office. grew up in lake city, california, population less than a hundred. we welcome his family, including mom and dad, tish and gary. and shared that clint was actually born at home. these days, clint works in the oil fields of north dakota. he is a man of faith and after more than a decade in uniform, he says the thing he looks forward to the most, just being a husband and father. in fact, this is in the even the biggest event for clint this week because tomorrow he and his wife tammy will celebrate their 13th wedding anniversary. clint and tammy, this is probably not the kind of intimate anniversary you planned. but we're so glad that you're here along with
out since 9/11 of last year, and since we now know from former secretary panetta and from other witnesses that after the president learned that our ambassador was under attack, he may have known that he may have been abducted and that a long battle was being undertaken by radicals against our americans in benghazi. we now know the president did nothing else. well, do what you can, in essence, and went home. maybe he was home when he talked to him. and did nothing else. i have no idea that the president required a sleep aid that night, if he did, anybody else who has trouble sleeping that night, better get what he did because it worked well. how the president could sleep well that night as the ambassador he put in place, that he put in harm's way was either under attack or he had been kidnapped, being brutalized, unspeakable things being done to his person, to his body. i remember senator clinton running a commercial back in 2008 that asked the question, who do you want to take that phone call at 3:00 a.m. this would have been exactly the kind of situation except there was no pho
of bin laden. panetta said so. the hypocrisy the democrats have lambasted that but obama killed scores of people with these drones. these are fine if they're used for actual surveillance and receiving good information, but they should not be used for just random fishing expeditions. >> maria? >> you know, carol, in an ideal world, of course, it would be better to do that and that way i think the justice system would be carried out as we all believe that it should but at the same time we're not living in an ideal world and we're not living and we're not executing a war that is a kind of war that we have executed in years past where it's country against country. these are terrorists who are living under rocks, in caves, in mali and in yellemen. if there is a target and we know where he is and send a drone in and we know that person has killed americans, a lot of americans believe that is the way we should go. >> question number two, for republicans it seems like out with the old and in with the new. fox news parting ways with some of its more partisan contributors, sarah palin and dick m
chiefs and deputy defense secretary. >> secretary panetta and i have been using the word "devastating" for 16 months now. and i testified last august to the consequences of sequestration, if it was to occur. and now the wolf's at the door. >> whether i began my career in a hollow army. i do not want to end my career in a hollow army. >> this would be the steepest, biggest reduction in total obligating authority for the defense department in history at a time when i will personally attest to the fact that it's more dangerous than it's ever been. >> reporter: it has already had a significant impact on navy families in norfolk, virginia. when the navy announced last week that they would not have enough in its budget to deploy the uss truman to the persian gulf, that deployment was canceled on friday because of the looming budget cuts. the army chief said they would have to curtail training 80% of the ground forces, furlough 20,000 civilians for up to 22 days, 80% of whom live outside of the washington area and work at army depots and navy yards across the country. bases will have to be c
. sequestration is arbitrary and irrational. and will not only weaken our security, but as secretary panetta said, quote, it's not just defense, it's education, loss of teachers, food safety, child care, law enforcement, airport safety. if sequestration and year-long continuing resolution go in to effect, the impact on the department of the deference will be -- defense will be devastating. for example, the army requested 36.6 billion dollars in the 2013 budget. but under the continuing resolution rules, it gets only the fy2012 amount of $30.6 billion. sequestration would cut an additional $6 billion. because the army has already spent $16 billion it would only have $8 billion left to get through the rest of the fiscal year, and more over, unexpectly high operational demands that require as much as $6 billion of the remaining funds be spent on overseas operation leaving the army with only $2 billion for domestic operation and maintenance during the next seven months. it is budgeted for $20 billion. so it would have 10% of what it needs for o and m during the next seven months if the year-long sequ
was a republican he attacked president bush mercilessly and was very ant ti his own party. >> leon panetta is still secretary of defense and he'll stay on until chuck hagel or anybody else is confirmed to replace him. natalie? >> good to know. chuck todd, thank you. >>> now let's head to wall street. cnbc's mary thompson at the new york stock exchange. look like warren buffett likes his heinz on the cheeseburgers. >> he usually likes them with a cherry coke. he's teaming up with g3 capital to buy heinz for $23 billion. it's the largest ever takeover in the food industry. and a sign that big deals are back on wall street. even though that's not helping the dow. it is on track for the first back-to-back weekly declines this year. >>> tiffany is suing discounter costco for allegedly selling counterfeit engagement rings bearing the tiffany name. that may have a lot of people looking at their left hand this morning. >> a big story. all right. mary thompson, thanks. >>> an unbelievable debt for former san diego mayor marino connor. the 66-year-old has been charged with money laundering after a decade-lon
leon panetta has not laid out a plan at all to anybody on the house armed services committee on what exactly is going to get cut, how it gets cut, and how it will move forward. there are very nervous people on the hill tonight regarding that issue. >> the president talking on that tonight, the cuts need to not happen. but the republicans have not laid out anything that looks like a path to avoiding the sequester cuts at least any time soon. ed, thank you very much. we'll check back in with you. we'll talk to senator chuck schumer in just a moment about one of the policy items that was not leaked in advance of this speech. and that nobody knew, as far as i know, was coming before this speech was actually delivered tonight, which was the very specific proposal that the federal minimum wage should be raised. that was not something that was a subject of the campaign between president obama and mitt romney, except to the extent that as the president noted tonight, both he and mitt romney agreed that the minimum wage should be indexed to the cost of living. the president noting that severa
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